June 19, 2022
Asbury Sunday Worship:

9:00 & 11:00 am:
Worship Service in the Sanctuary

10:00 am: Sunday School

11:00 am: Live-Streamed Worship

Upcoming Events:

Due to the rising number of Covid cases, we strongly encourage the wearing of masks at worship and Sunday school. Thank you!

Pastors Gayla, Daekyung, and Lee
Dear Asbury Friends,
On Wednesday, we sent out a special E-Alive, letting our members and friends know about a change in our church schedule for this coming Sunday. On Tuesday, Pastors Daekyung Kim and Lee Johnson both tested positive for Covid. Since we are not certain they will be able to be in worship this Sunday, they both requested – and I agreed – that we would change my final Sunday at Asbury to June 26. 
On the 26th, we will have worship at 9 and 11 am with Sunday school in between. A catered luncheon will follow the 11 am service in Hager Hall. If you have not already, please RSVP for the luncheon by emailing Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org.
This Sunday, I will be preaching a sermon using a text from Acts 3: 1-10 (click here for Scripture). In the story, Peter and John were going to worship at the temple. As they enter the "Beautiful Gate" of the temple, they saw a man who had been sick since he was born, begging for money so he could buy food. But Peter knew the man needed more than just food - he needed to be healed.
And don't forget that this Sunday is Father’s Day! In America, Father’s Day was started in 1908. Sonora Smart Dodd is credited for first suggesting this annual observation to celebrate fathers: "Smart held her father in great esteem. While hearing a church sermon about the newly recognized Mother's Day at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, Sonora felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognition as well." (Wikipedia)
So this Sunday, let’s gather to worship God, as we give thanks for life’s many blessings… including our fathers… We will learn together how we might better "practice what we preach…"
Just a reminder that we are moving Gayla's retirement celebration gala to next Sunday, June 26. A catered luncheon by Go Chicken Go will be held in Hager Hall after the second service. If you have not already, please RSVP for the luncheon by emailing Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org, even if you had signed up for the 19th,
as Phyllis is starting a brand new list. Thanks!
Peace with Justice Sunday
this Week at Asbury

This Sunday at Asbury, we are recognizing Peace with Justice Sunday. United Methodists relate to this special Sunday by seeking peaceful solutions, creating and supporting peace-related ministries in their conference, and learning about peaceful, just efforts around the world.

Donations for this special Sunday support programs and ministries to educate, equip and mobilize actions in support of identified Economic, Health, and Gender Justice Priorities. Each Annual Conference has a Peace with Justice Coordinator developing local social justice ministries. Fifty percent of the offering remains in your annual conference to support this ministry.

We achieve peace with justice efforts by working with the World Council of Churches, interfaith and ecumenical bodies, and secular organizations for social-justice policies and programs that seek the wholeness of shalom for all of God’s people. Your gift, joined with the gifts of others, makes a significant impact in the lives of individuals and communities. Please consider donating to this important ministry initiative this weekend!
The Lazarus Table Boutique Needs Clothing & Toiletries!

Asbury friends, the Boutique run by the Lazarus Table in midtown Kansas City, MO is in need of some items for its Boutique. We are collecting these items out in the Welcome Center in the blue barrel from now until Sunday, June 19. Monetary donations will also be accepted; please mark checks with "Lazarus Table Boutique" in the memo line.

The Lazarus Table Boutique is open every Saturday, in conjunction with lunch, to provide items of need such as clothing, personal hygiene products, and household items to those who are in need. Lazarus Ministries KC volunteers serve as personal shoppers to ensure that each individual shops with dignity, finds the correct size, and receives what they need. See the list below to find out what is currently most needed by the Boutique:
Men’s Clothing – particularly:

  • Gently worn jeans and slacks
  • Gently worn shorts
  • Gently worn shoes – casual or dress
  • Belts
  • New underwear – i.e., briefs or boxer shorts, especially medium, large and XL sizes
  • New or gently worn plain crew undershirts, especially medium, large and XL sizes
  • New or gently worn crew socks – both dark and white
Women’s new underwear and socks
Toiletries, such as:

  • Deodorant
  • Body Lotion
  • Disposal Razors
  • Shampoo
Note: These toiletries can be purchased inexpensively at the Dollar Tree stores in either Mission or at 75th Street, across from Cozy's Café, or at the Dollar General store in Mission. Thanks so much for your help!
Focus on Abundance

Our focus on abundance continues as we read the third of four quotes from theologian Walter Brueggemann helping us abandon our scarcity mindset and focus on God's abundance.

"We never feel that we have enough; we have to have more and more, and this insatiable desire destroys us. Whether we are liberal or conservative Christians, we must confess that the central problem of our lives is that we are torn apart by the conflict between our attraction to the good news of God's abundance and the power of our belief in scarcity - a belief that makes us greedy, mean, and un-neighborly. We spend our lives trying to sort out that ambiguity...the gospel story of abundance asserts that we originated in the magnificent, inexplicable love of a God who loved the world into generous being. The baptismal service declares that each of us has been miraculously loved into existence by God. And the story of abundance says that our lives will end in God, and that this well-being cannot be taken from us. In the words of St. Paul, neither life or death nor angels nor principalities nor things - nothing can separate us from God (Romans 8:38-39)."

- Walter Brueggemann, "The Liturgy of Abundance, the Myth of Scarcity (1999, Christian Century)."

Any questions or comments can be directed to Dan Clevenger, Director of Generosity and Stewardship, at danc@visitasbury.org.
Men's Breakfast - Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 am

Men of Asbury - looking for some fun fellowship time? Join our Men's Breakfast at 8 am this Saturday! We are meeting at Cozy's Cafe in Overland Park (6740 W 75th Street).

Anyone interested in attending (or if you have any questions about the meetup) is invited to reach out to Roger Peck at roger.peck@outlook.com.
Voter to Voter
During the next seven weeks, watch this space for important information regarding the two big elections in 2022 in Kansas.

August 2: Primary Election. This election is a partisan election. This means you are only eligible to vote the ballot for the party with which you are registered. The EXCEPTION to this will be the Constitutional Amendment question deciding whether or not to remove the right to an abortion from the Kansas Constitution. ALL voters are eligible to vote on this Constitutional question, including Unaffiliated/Independent and Libertarian voters. 

November 8: General Election. Kansas voters will be voting on the Governor, US House and Senate members, and state reps in Topeka. New maps from a once-in-a-decade redistricting process means some of us will be voting from within new districts.

First Things First. Make sure you are registered to vote or register to vote for the first time. You do not need to re-register unless you have moved, your name has changed, or you wish to update/change your party affiliation. You can do it online by visiting https://www.ksvotes.org/Tuesday, July 12 is the last date to register for the August 2 primary election.

While you are at KSVotes.org, consider requesting both your primary and general ballot be mailed to you by filling out a simple form, no printer required. If you turn in an application, the election office will mail your ballot to you, which you can fill out at home and mail back in.


Any questions can be directed to Julia Cotter, Asbury Voter to Voter Team Leader, at juliaacotter@gmail.com.
Summer Sermon Series

Do you have a favorite, most meaningful, or even difficult to understand verse or story from the Bible - Old or New Testament? And, you’ve always wanted to hear a sermon preached on that particular verse or story?

Well, this July at Asbury is your opportunity. Pastors Daekyung Kim and Lee Johnson want you to help them plan worship in July. Email them your favorite, most meaningful, or difficult to understand scriptures so Daekyung and Lee can get to work: daekyungk@visitasbury.org and leej@visitasbury.org Submit your requests by Sunday, June 26.
Do you have an event you would like to be listed on the calendar? Please call the church office or email Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org. For inclusions in the Alive Newsletter, please contact Sharlynn Verner at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org.
Volunteers Needed!

The youth and Mission Team are partnering for an inter-generational project and hope YOU can join us! We will travel to Scraps KC on Tuesday, June 28 and work from noon until 2:00. 

Our task will be cleaning and sorting all of the school supplies that Asbury and many other groups donated for use by teachers and under-served children. You can meet at the church at 11:30 am to carpool to 3269 Roanoke Road, or meet us there at noon. We have promised a group of 20 and are just over half of that number to date. If you can help us meet that commitment, please contact Heather Jackson (heatherj@visitasbury.org) or Donetta Shaner (donetta0314@hotmail.com). Thanks!
Launch of Food Recycling Program
It is exciting to see an idea turn into action! And that is exactly what happened with our new food recycling program. Dave Burton brought the idea to the Mission Team who gave its stamp of approval, worked with the Trustees to make sure all church procedures were in place and presto!—the recycling bin was delivered last Friday.

Our provider is Food Recycle KC, who brought the outside bin and a smaller collection bucket, and will empty the bin each Friday afternoon. This food waste will be turned into rich compost and given to local community gardens. There are so many good reasons to recycle food. Consider this from the US Environmental Protection Agency: "Organic materials continue to be the largest component of (trash)." It is estimated that compostable materials account for over half of the waste in landfills; there they produce greenhouse gases and will never return to earth. We are doing our part!
Currently the Food Pantry will be our largest contributor, but we will also collect coffee grounds weekly and will have receptacles at special events such as Gayla’s reception next week. Look for the special container! It is amazing the kinds of things that we can recycle—peels, tea bags, napkins, wine corks, cut flowers, pizza boxes, egg shells, etc. In a few weeks, the ACC will also be part of this program.

So what can you do to help?? 

  • Bring us your paper grocery bags. We will use them as liners for our inside receptacles. Place them in the marked bin in the Welcome Center.

  • Make a monetary donation toward the monthly fee of $75. Mark your donation "food recycling," and it will be put in the proper account. The first two months have been covered.

We will ALL learn more as we enter this new commitment to our environment!
Food Pantry News

We welcome a new partner church to support our food pantry! Atonement Lutheran Church brought us several sacks of food from their monthly collection. We provided them a list of items most needed, and they did their best to send many of those goods to us. 

This was a connection made through both church’s involvement in JoCo IHN. Atonement joins Leawood UMC, Village Presbyterian, our friends at Evening Care, and many individuals in donating on a regular basis so that we can continue to provide fresh produce, nutritious food and personal care items to our neighbors.
Giving to Asbury

  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
  • Text the word 'Give' to 913-774-6060
  • Online through Easy Tithe (click here)
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Intergenerational Sunday School
Join our Director of Family Ministries, Heather Jackson, in the Asbury Cafe this Sunday for our Intergenerational Sunday school. This is an opportunity for all ages to learn from each other and grow together.

All young families, children, youth, and adults are welcome. We're pretty excited about it and hope you all will join us on Sundays at 10 am in June and July in the Asbury Cafe!
Save the Date
VBS 2022 - Food Truck Party: Kicks Off on Sunday!
Ready to cook up some fun? Food Truck Party VBS invites children of all ages to get on a roll with God as a parade of Food Trucks rolls into their neighborhood for the summer's biggest party!

This VBS invites children to pray as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:11, "Give us this day our daily bread." These words serve as a reminder that everything we have comes from God - and that it's by turning to God in prayer that all of our daily needs are met.

Register your 3 year old - 4th grader today at https://www.visitasbury.org/vbs/!
GodSquad 2022: August 1-5 from 9 am to 1 pm

Mark your calendars for our local service week for those who have completed 4th-6th grade!

Registration is now open at https://www.visitasbury.org/godsquad/.
Follow the Facebook page to stay up to date:  https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Childrens-Ministry-206583193254141/ or email our Director of Family Ministries (heatherj@visitasbury.org) to be added to the children's ministry email list.
Thanks to everyone who supported the youth mission trip financially and prayerfully. We had an amazing week of service and fun. We can't wait to share our experience with all of you, but until we can do that, enjoy these photos!!
Intergenerational Sunday School
Join Heather Jackson, Director of Family Ministries, in the Asbury Cafe this Sunday for our Intergenerational Sunday school. This is an opportunity for all ages to learn from each other and grow together.

All young families, children, youth, and adults are welcome. We're pretty excited about it and hope you all will join us on Sundays at 10 am in June and July in the Asbury Cafe!
No youth group this week! Youth are encouraged to help out with VBS, which begins this Sunday evening.
Save the Date
Institute 2022: What’s in A Name –
Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30
I’m so excited to return to the campus of Baker University for in-person Institute!! Institute is a week of Christian spiritual growth and faith development for high school students. It is held at Baker University in Baldwin City, and is intentional about making disciples for the transformation of the world.

The week will be packed with powerful worships, impactful small groups, and meaningful workshops. Instituters will stay in the dorms at Baker. A high school only camp planned by youth for youth! Learn more: https://campchippewa.org/home/institute/ or register today at Camp Chippewa Registration. Scholarships are available. Email heatherj@visitasbury.org for more information.
Celebrating John Wesley's Birthday - Tuesday, June 28
We will celebrate John Wesley's birthday in a way that I'm sure he would approve of - serving at Scraps KC!! We will serve at Scraps KC from 12-2 pm, and then return to the church for some delicious birthday refreshments! Rumor is there will be cake or cupcakes.

This is an intergenerational service opportunity, so youth & parents are welcome to join in the fun!

Kansas City Royals Game –
Tuesday, July 12 @ 7:10 pm

We’re loading up the buses and heading to the K for Dollar Dog Night and to watch the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers!!

This is open to all incoming 6th graders – outgoing 12th graders and their families. We have room for 22 more on the buses, and if we have more than that, we will figure out additional transportation.

We plan to leave the church between 5:30-6:00 pm. Please RSVP ASAP to heatherj@visitasbury.org so we can get tickets reserved and transportation arranged.
Kansas City Current Game –
Sunday, August 28 @ 6:00 pm

What better way to celebrate the start of a new year in youth than a night at Children's Mercy Park to watch the KC Current take on NC Courage on Inspiring Women Night!

We have space on the buses for 28 youth (6th-12th grade). We'll leave the church around 5:00 pm. Please RSVP ASAP to heatherj@visitasbury.org so we can get tickets reserved and transportation arranged.
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